RICHMOND, Va. — A new panel of state officials and business leaders has approved a new grant to help train Virginians in making wine, cider, craft beer and hard liquor.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced Wednesday the GO Virginia board had approved a $250,000 grant for Piedmont Virginia Community College and Germanna Community College. The funds will be used to establish two new training centers and to develop a new curriculum to help train candidates in making alcoholic beverages.

GO Virginia also approved two other workforce grants. They are a $200,000 grant for a cybersecurity program at Blue Ridge Community College and a $130,000 grant for a welding program at Rappahannock Community College.

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